Fox 25 News did a piece last night on the vandalism that occurred at our Ashland Memorial Healing Garden. Please take a minute to check out this video that aired on Fox News. And SHARE!! Please! We want more and more people to know about this. Not only because it's a beautiful and calming space to reflect, but because it was damaged and we're trying to fix it. Join us in our fight to keep this town safe, clean and caring.
On October 13, 1988 Senator Kennedy visited the Nyanza SuperFund site along with the Director of the EPA(?) in order to gain information about the planned cleanup. Senator Kennedy was instrumental in helping to get funds released to clean up this site. He states that "this is not the job of the community, this is a state and federal job". It was important for Ashland residents to know that the Senator was behind us and that he deemed this site to be of the utmost importance.
25 years later, Nyanza is still not fully cleaned up. Only Phase 1 was completed. We know there is more work to be done and we hope we can have another state representative be a key factor in helping the EPA finish the job that they started. In their own words, "No one wants this cleaned up more than the EPA."
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A few weeks ago there was a forum on the Howe Street Solar Project and a lot of updates were given. We heard a great briefing from friend Rob Moolenbeek and he allowed us to share. Let us know what you think!
"The two things noteworthy were that the big (one year) delay resulted from the discovery of the methane buildup under the cap and the EPA forced the town to come up with a plan to resolve that. That has now been resolved (19 deep venting wells).
Also the connection plan to Eversource has gone through multiple proposals and has yet to be approved. The connection will now be made off-site on a small piece of private land. (an issue of zoning and the proper approval process was brought up). There is still continued opposition from them and the abutters to the Solar Farm at Howe St.
This connection plan, which will require 2-4 telephone poles was one of the two contentious issues with the many abutters that showed up. They were not happy and complained that this was not mentioned earlier.
The second major issue was the berm. The berm plan (6 ft with 10 ft mixed vegetation), which sounded good was approved by the planning board but Ameresco will not implement it until the connection plan has been approved by Eversource. This created more friction with the abutters, who felt they have waited long enough and want to have it implemented now
Overall now the plan is to have the Solar Farm on line in the fall as long as Eversource approves the connection plan. That latest plan was submitted July 12."